The website of the editor in chief of Christianity Today


I was born and raised in California, received my B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz, an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, and did some doctoral work at U.C. Davis. I served as a Presbyterian pastor for 10 years, four in Mexico City and 6 in Sacramento, before becoming a journalist. I’ve spent 29 years as an editor with these magazines:

Leadership, a leading journal for pastors.

Christian History, a popular history magazine.

Christianity Today, a leading religious journal in America, a magazine of news and commentary. I am currently the editor in chief.

The Behemoth, our former digital magazine, which sought to help readers experience awe and wonder about God and the creation.

I’ve published dozens of articles in a variety of magazines, from devotional pieces ( like The Upper Room) to commentary on current events (New York Times) to more theological musings (Books & Culture).

I’ve written or co-written 9 books (as of September 2017), from biographies (St. Francis of Assisi, and Karl Barth: An Introductory Biography for Evangelicals), to books on spiritual theology (like Jesus Mean and Wild and Beautiful Orthodoxy) and liturgy (Beyond Bells & Smells: The Wonder and Power of Christian Liturgy).

On a personal note: I’ve been married to Barbara for 44 years, have three grown children, and five grandchildren. I currently live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Extracurricular passions include fly fishing, camping out in my small trailer, and brewing craft beer.





  • Valerie A. Fischer says:

    Hi Mark.  I loved Christianity Today’s article on 50 Women You Should Know.  Just wanted to say thanks to your magazine Christianity Today.   Sincerely, Valerie A. Fischer

    August 6, 2013 at 9:16 am
    • markgalli says:

      Valarie, Thanks for the kind words. Always appreciated!

      August 6, 2013 at 12:14 pm
  • Jaime Nieves says:

    Hi Mark,

    I currently serve as a United Methodist pastor and I wanted you to know that I thought your book, “Jesus Mean and Wild” was an absolutely fabulous book! So wonderfully insightful! It helped me to see, appreciate, and love our “not so nice” human Messiah in a new way! Thank you for your bold and ingenious observations.

    With gratitude,


    May 9, 2014 at 12:58 am
  • Glenda Clark says:

    Wow! A belated WOW, but better late than never. I have been about the wonderful business of researching The Second Great Awakening, and in particular when it touched the area where I live (Sumner County, TN). In cruising around the internet, I found your article in Christianity Today from 1995 entitled ‘The Revival at Cane Ridge’. It was so incredibly well written that I just had to write to you. I don’t know if you will receive this little email, but if you do, please accept my gratitude for one amazing article. The last two paragraphs of the article encapsulated how very similar what happened at Cane Ridge was to many other places and times when Heaven reached down and touched Earth. It is so very encouraging to be able to read words that you know beyond a shadow of a doubt were birthed out of a gift from God. Sorry it took me so long to find it! As I compile the information I am gathering on this very personal event in history, may God grant me that very same gift of words!
    With sincere appreciation,
    Glenda Clark

    June 4, 2015 at 10:44 pm
    • markgalli says:


      How kind of you to write, I’m very appreciative of your words. Many blessings.

      June 4, 2015 at 11:18 pm

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